One of the world's most decorated female shooters talks injury recovery and her passion for the sport

Professional competitive shooter Vera Koo

For those of you new to the world of shooting sports, Vera Koo is a certifiable legend. Owning eight Women's titles from the prestigious Bianchi Cup and two from the World Action Pistol Championship, there's no question that Vera knows what she's doing. Her most recent win came in the form of a team gold medal at the 2012 NRA World Action Pistol Championship in Germany.

Vera has nothing left to prove to anybody and is so passionate about the sport that she continues to shoot; even after overcoming an injury that would force many to retire. Unfortunately, Vera sustained another such injury this past winter, but is hard at work rehabbing to join the ranks at this May's MidwayUSA/NRA Bianchi Cup and continue being a professional competitive shooter.

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Rifle, pistol, and shotgun sharpshooters wanted for World Shooting Championship

Female competitor warming up for the NRA World Shooting Championships

Fairfax, Virginia - If you think you’re one of the best then here’s your chance to prove it.

This is your chance to join more than two hundred of the world’s top shooters as they descend upon the Peacemaker National Training Center in Glengary, West Virginia this September for the Second Annual NRA World Shooting Championship. We're talking Olympians, world champions, military sharp shooters and more that will make up the roster of those vying for “The Undisputed World Shooting Champion" crown.

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Buckeyes take high team aggregate and high individual aggregate at NRA championships at Fort Benning

2015 NRA Intercollegiate Pistol Championships

Fort Benning, Georgia - The Ohio State University successfully defended their NRA Intercollegiate Pistol title this past week, fending off a last minute rally by The Citadel during the championships' last match - Open Air Pistol. The Buckeyes only took one of the three matches that comprise the championship, but thanks to a combined team effort they put together a 6331 for the highest overall score. That's all that really matters in the end, right?

The Citadel, who entered the final day in third and 33 points down to the United States Naval Academy, took their last opportunity to put points on the board and shot an excellent Open Air Pistol to edge Navy by eight points and secure a second place finish with 6240 to Navy's 6232.

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Buckeyes boast best team score and best individual shooter with one match left, but will they hold their leads?

2015 NRA Intercollegiate Pistol Championships

Fort Benning, Georgia - After two days of competition, Ohio State University controls the lead at the 2015 NRA Intercollegiate Pistol Championships here in Fort Benning, Georgia. The Buckeyes' 4128 through the Free Pistol Championship and Sport Pistol Championship have put them up 55 points over the United States Naval Academy as teams head into the final match of the week - Open Air Pistol.

The defending 2014 champions, Ohio State's amazing run has been aided by stellar shooting from Glenn Zimmerman, who currently leads the Individual Aggregate field with a 1077.

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From American Rifleman - SIG Sauer P320: Tomorrow's SIG Today

SIG Sauer P320

Wiley Clapp takes two of SIG's new P320s out for an American Rifleman test drive ...
SIG Sauer P320: Tomorrow's SIG Today
They have that SIG look to them—blocky slide sitting well above the receiver, gracefully shaped butt section, simplified controls. Unquestionably, a strong family resemblance that says the innovative designers up in New Hampshire have a new series of pistols ready for your consideration. However, there are several features that are quite different, and the most significant is the absence of a conventional hammer. The guns are called the P320 series, and I had access to the first two offerings—the full-size P320 and the P320 Compact model—for this article. Both sample guns were 9 mm Luger semi-automatics, but .40 S&Ws, .357 SIGs and even .45 ACPs are on the horizon. undefined

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From GLOCK - GLOCK Releases Single Stack 9mm Concealed Carry – The New G43

GLOCK Releases Single Stack 9mm Concealed Carry – The New G43 Smyrna, Georgia - Today GLOCK, Inc. announced the release of the new GLOCK single stack slimline 9mm pistol, the GLOCK 43. The G43 is the most highly desired and anticipated pistol release in GLOCKs history. Designed to be the answer to everyday concealed carry needs, the G43 is ultra-concealable, accurate, and comfortable for all shooters, regardless of hand size.

“The G43 is the most exciting product release to date because it addresses a variety of issues that many shooters face with pistols in the concealed carry category,” stated GLOCK, Inc., VP Josh Dorsey. “It will be the pistol of choice for law enforcement and civilians. The G43 sets a new standard for concealed carry pistols.”

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Have shooting sports fun this summer and take your skills from casual to competitive

NRA Intermediate Junior Rifle Camp at Camp Perry, Ohio

Fairfax, Virginia - If you know a shooter aged 12-21 who would enjoy some shooting sports action this summer, the National Rifle Association is now accepting applications for its annual competitive shooting camps for junior shooters. These camps, run by the Coach Education Program, help young shooters develop their marksmanship skills from casual to competitive through challenging and rewarding lessons.

“These camps have everything you need to take your game to the next level,” said NRA National Coach Trainer Daniel Subia. “Each day will be filled with exercises designed to help you master your body positioning, breath, and trigger control to consistently shoot high scores. You’ll be tired at the end of each day, but you’ll also leave a better shooter than you were before.”

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Pistol with cannon style barrel that unscrews to reload

Queen Anne Flintlock pistol at the NRA Museum

Fairfax, Virginia - When NRA Museums Senior Curator Philip Schreier steps to the table, you know you're in store for an impressive display. Something functional, something timeless, and with a little luck ... something timely.

Such is the case for this week's episode of Curator's Corner as Schreier breaks out an 18th Century muzzleloader.

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Veteran, mom, and decorated champion explains her firearm history

Surprising Julie Golob at SHOT Show 2015 in Las Vegas
Surprising Julie Golob at the 2015 SHOT Show in Las Vegas
Las Vegas, Nevada - You'll be hard pressed to find a better shooter out there than Smith & Wesson Captain Julie Golob. After eight years in the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit, she's gone on to win multiple national championships and titles including NRA's Bianchi Cup as well as all of USPSA's division.

All of this while wrangling a pair of ankle bitters back in Kansas City. And if you're a parent, or an aunt/uncle, you have to wonder which is tougher - keeping up with the kids or keeping up with the bullseyes.

Now while I'm sure you're dying to hear about the wonders of parenthood, I'm heading in a different direction this afternoon. We're just going to ask her one question. A three part question. What was her first gun, last gun, and plans for the next gun.

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